At the heart of the city lies the very mythical national personification of Singapura - a creature with a head of a Lion and a body of a Fish, the MERLION. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa". As this is the official mascot and symbol of Singapore, you can see it everywhere but of course, one must visit the original structure infront of the Fullerton Hotel in a park by his namesake, The Merlion Park.
I always say that you've never been to Singapore without having your picture/ selfie taken with this Merlion spitting water to the river. I've been to this park several times and whenever I have friends from Manila who are visiting Singapura for the first time, I am encouraging them to include in their itinerary this park. Well, I'm not having a hard time convincing them because they probably will include Marina Bay Sands in their itinerary. So when you are in Singapore, don't ever forget to visit this park and have your silly pose taken with this mythical creature.
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When in Singapore is a series of entries featuring the beautiful Singapore - it’s people, it’s culture, it’s food and it’s places). Join me in my journey to get to know this country deeper.
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